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Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show 

The Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show is one of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the south, held on their own Turnpike Showground in North Dorset.  

This traditional show is held on Wednesday 14th August, from 8.30am – 6.30pm, and regularly has an attendance of over 24,000 people.  

With over 520 trade stand exhibitors there is an enormous choice available to visitors from the cradle to the grave, from schools & further education to fitness and medical advice, home improvement to cars, trucks & 4×4’s, handicrafts & gifts to food glorious food to eat in or take home, plus of course over 100 stands of tractors, machinery and farming suppliers.  

The competitive sections include cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, poultry, rabbits, homecrafts, handicrafts, art and a huge range of classes for younger exhibitors, all of which need to be entered in advance.  For further information, and entry forms,  click here: https://www.gillshaftshow.co.uk/show-areas 

Agriculture, farming and rural activities are at the very heart of the show and visitors will be able to watch the finest cattle & sheep being paraded and judged. Our new Education Area – Farm, Food & Fun, will help to show how milk, meat and grain are produced on local farms and how it eventually reaches your table, there will be lots of hands-on activities for all ages. 

In the Harts of Stur Food Hall there are over sixty producers of the finest quality food and drink, including a gluten-free bakery specialist, local wines and cheeses, speciality Greek food providers, hot pies to be nibbled beer to be drunk along with a huge range of ready to eat foods. 

Back to the Show by popular request will be the ‘Scare Crow Trail’ we are asking trade exhibitors to make up a scarecrow that in some ways represents or promotes their business.  

There is a full day of entertainment and displays in three rings, the east ring will have a full day of horse showing classes and show jumping classes. In the Turnpike Ring, countryside sports include ferret and terrier racing, birds of prey, sheep dogs and the dog & duck display a packed programme of exciting entertainment. 

Ticket information can be found here: https://www.gillshaftshow.co.uk/ticket-information 

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